Where Ambitious
minds meet


A bright start to a brilliant career in Sydney and Perth

Working at Clifford Chance in Australia offers constant exposure to top-tier domestic work along with multi-jurisdictional matters from around Asia Pacific and our global network – opportunities that few firms in Australia can provide. 

Our Australian practice was formed to help clients make the most of domestic and regional opportunities; Australia has a mature economy, substantial natural resources and long-standing business links with Asia Pacific markets.

Our local team of more than 80 lawyers are leaders in their fields.  They bring decades of experience, expertise and specialist knowledge to businesses looking to expand or defend their interests in Australia and around the world.

Both our Sydney and Perth offices offer the close-knit and inclusive culture of a smaller law firm with the resources, reputation and market-leading work of a global elite firm.

Vacation Clerkship

Our clerkship program is designed to provide you with a real insight to life at Clifford Chance Australia. Throughout the program, you will work alongside all levels of lawyers, including partners, while you assist with real-time matters.

You will have two seat rotations, allowing you to experience different aspects of our key practice areas. Throughout the clerkship, you will hear from various departments, helping you to develop a comprehensive understanding of life at a leading international law firm.

Graduate Program

As a Clifford Chance graduate, you become a valued team member from day one.  You will be close to the action, with an active role in client relationships and business development early on.  You will enjoy the challenge of working on a wide variety of international, market-leading and landmark transactions, often collaborating with colleagues from other offices and practice areas.

You will undertake four rotations that will include a combination of seats in our practice areas of Corporate, Banking & Finance, and Litigation & Dispute Resolution.  One of your seats will be an international secondment, allowing you to gain real insight into how our cross-border collaboration contributes to our success.

What we look for

To be successful, you will need to demonstrate your potential to become a first-class professional, and your willingness to take advantage of the many opportunities that you encounter. You must exhibit ambition, drive and commitment and the desire to build relationships and deliver outstanding service. We're also looking for business awareness, a keen commercial insight, a strong ability to lead and manage and to clearly articulate your ideas.

Our candidates should demonstrate intellectual curiosity, common sense, and the capacity to quickly assimilate detailed information. When applying, consider how you can best demonstrate these qualities and provide examples from your education, work or extra-curricular activities.


2022 Graduate Program
Commences: March, 2022 or September, 2022
Vacancies: 2 – 4
Recruitment deadlines
Applications for this program are now closed

2021 Clerkship Program

Winter Clerkship dates
Program 1: 28 June, 2021 - 16 July, 2021
Program 2*: 30 August, 2021 - 10 September, 2021
*Program 2 intended for UNSW and UTS students on a trimester arrangement
Program 1: 4 - 6
Program 2: 2 - 4
Recruitment deadlines
Applications for this program are now closed

Office address

Level 16, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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